Inter Milan have confirmed that Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic will join the Italian club at the end of the season on a free transfer.

A statement on Inter's official website read: "Nemanja Vidic will wear the black and blue of Inter next season.

"FC Internazionale is delighted to announce that negotiations to bring the Manchester United captain to the club have reached a successful conclusion."

The Serbian defender confirmed last month that he would be leaving Old Trafford in the summer.

Vidic joined Manchester United in 2005 and has won five Premier League trophies with the club, as well as the Champions League in 2008.

However with his current contract expiring at the end of the season the 32-year-old has decided now is the right time to leave - but Inter President Erick Thohir believes that Vidic is far from past his best.

"Vidic is a world-class player," he said. "I'm extremely happy to have completed this deal to bring Nemanja to Milan.

"He's one of the world's best defenders and his qualities, international pedigree and charisma will be an asset to the team and help bring through our younger players.

"He will bring added value to the club and is another piece of the great Inter side we are building.

"I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Manchester United, Nemanja and his entourage for the professional and cooperative approach they have shown throughout the negotiations."

Vidic's impending departure from Manchester United comes at a time of great upheaval for the reigning Premier League champions.

Following Sir Alex Ferguson's decision to retire at the end of last season, new boss David Moyes has been charged with ushering in a new era of success, which could mean a host of established stars are shown the door.

According to reports, Patrice Evra and Rio Ferdinand may leave, while Ryan Giggs is expected to retire and Robin van Persie has been linked with a move back to Arsenal.

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